How to Find Local Deaf Events

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Connecting with the deaf community is important, but how do you find local events? A number of local, state, and national organizations offer event calendars so you can keep up on what's going on. Some events are geared toward professional development for the deaf community while others are just for fun, including sports and social groups.

You might have to do some digging to find the right events for you or ones that are in your local area, but we have a few to get you started.

Remember, that once you find a group or organization you like, one of the best ways to stay up to date is on social media. By following a group on Facebook or Twitter, you'll probably find more events and activities than you have time for.

Professional Events

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University ("Clerc Center" for short) is a leading resource for deaf education in the United States.

This is considered one of the best sources for finding the dates of educational and cultural events, especially those aimed at professionals. The Clerc Center website is filled with valuable information including online training for deaf educators and interpreters. They have resources for families of deaf and hard of hearing people that you may find useful as well.

Sports Events

The Deaflympics website has an international deaf sports event calendar. The USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADF) also has a calendar. You'll also find a great amount of information about how the USADF is working with deaf athletes to overcome some of the obstacles of playing sports without the ability to hear.

Sign Language Events

ASLMeetUp has groups that meet all over the United States and in a few other countries. These groups get together to socialize at the coffee shop, play bridge, or have a dance class and ASL is the connection for everyone involved.

Search near you to see if any groups exist. Don't see one? Start your own and connect with other people in your local deaf community.

National and State Organizations

National organizations for deaf and hard of hearing people may also maintain calendars.

The Alexander Graham Bell Association has a calendar that lists events related to auditory, speech, and language skills. The website also has links to local chapters, many of which have Facebook and other social media accounts that promote local events.

Every state in the U.S. has an association working with the deaf community. A full list can be found at the National Association of State Agencies of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NASADHH) website. Many of these organizations maintain a calendar or can put you in contact with local resources as well.

Accessible Movie Theaters

Sure, you can turn on closed captioning at home, but it's not so easy at the movie theater. When you want to watch a flick on the big screen, check with your local theater to see what accessible options they offer.

For instance, AMC is a national chain of theaters that offers closed captioning and devices to amplify sound. 

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